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Child migrants head for US to flee crime, drawn by belief they are allowed to stay

  ARRIAGA, Mexico (AP) — On the last day of school, Gladys Chinoy memorized her mother’s phone number in New York City and boarded a bus to Guatemala’s northern border. With nothing but the clothes on her back, the 14-year-old took a truck-tire raft across the Naranjo River into Mexico and joined a group of [...]

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Cuba’s Buena Vista Social Club on ‘Adios Tour’

  HAVANA (AP) — They were forgotten masters of a long-ago sound, their faces deeply lined and their hands spotted with age. Then, suddenly, at an age when many performers would be retired, the members of this old-school band found themselves playing in some of the most hallowed venues around the world, sharing stages with [...]

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US to open immigrant family detention center in NM

  WASHINGTON (AP) — New detention facilities will be opened to house immigrant families caught crossing the border illegally amid a surge from Central America, the Obama administration said Friday, June 20. The first will be a 700-bed family detention facility at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico, the Homeland Security [...]

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Officials: New Mexico bus driver had sex on job

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque officials say a bus driver in the New Mexico city has been fired after surveillance cameras caught him in a sex act with a woman while at work. KOAT-TV reports (http://goo.gl/U8lcJw) according to the video, the driver stopped at a park and ride on the morning of May 6 and [...]

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Cuba ballplayers chase dreams, big bucks, overseas

  HAVANA (AP) — Yulieski Gourriel’s cellphone rang again and again as he strode, family in tow, through Havana’s international airport. Friends calling to wish him well, he said. Travelers and airport workers approached to ask for autographs and have their picture taken with one of Cuba’s biggest baseball stars as he readied for a [...]

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Rio officer shoots live round during Cup protests

  RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A motorcycle policeman can be seen on an Associated Press video firing what appeared to be a live pistol round at anti-World Cup protesters Sunday June 15, near Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana soccer stadium. During the small but violent and chaotic protest that played out about 1.5 kilometers (1 [...]

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Brazil, other markets are no longer ‘Fragile Five’

  NEW YORK (AP) — Soccer fans will focus on Brazil and the start of the World Cup Thursday, June 12 but investors have been entranced by that nation’s stock market for months. Brazil has company. From Sao Paulo to Mumbai, investors are regaining their faith in emerging markets this year. It’s a big shift [...]

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From Bronx to Brazil: J. Lo to sing at World Cup

  NEW YORK (AP) — Not so fast: J. Lo is performing at the World Cup after all. Jennifer Lopez said in an interview with The Associated Press that she is flying to Brazil on Tuesday night to perform during the tournament’s opening ceremony on Thursday. “I’m coming. I leave tonight. We always were going,” [...]

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Cuba: 8 arrested in school exam cheating scandal

  HAVANA (AP) — Eight people are under arrest in connection with a scandal involving the illicit sale of university entrance exams, Cuban authorities said Monday, June 9th after thousands of high school students were forced to retake the test. The unnamed suspects include five teachers, a methodologist, an employee at the Ministry of Higher Education’s [...]

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Subway strikers, police clash in Sao Paulo, Brazil

  SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police and striking subway workers clashed in a central commuter station Monday, June 9, while union leaders threatened to maintain the work stoppage through the World Cup’s opening match in Sao Paulo this week. Authorities are deeply worried about the strike because the subway is the main means of [...]

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